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  • Article: Feb 14, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I would like to pick up on one issue from your excellent editorial on Congleton Leisure Centre in last week's Chronicle.

    This is the provision of solar panels on the site to help with the energy costs of heating the water in the pool that is such a high proportion of the running costs.

    Whether these be photovoltaic or water heating or a combination, they would be a timely reminder that the borough understands the challenge of climate change and is doing what it can to counter it.

  • Article: Jan 31, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I welcome Heather Seddon's letter in this week's Chronicle detailing the increasing use of food banks and poverty in the UK over recent years.

    It is challenging, however, to see how having Labour in power nationally would serve these people any better than the present Conservative government.

  • Article: Jan 17, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I read with interest your long article in last week's Chronicle about Congleton's town mayor, Coun Suzie Akers Smith's attempts to improve cycling provision within the town, especially relating to the many new developments on the outskirts of the town.

    It is diffi cult for me not to see this as an example of political campaigning when we are within a few months of the local elections on the 2nd May.

  • Article: Jan 10, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    While appreciating the useful information contained within The Voice autumn 2018 edition, I would like to mention some defects from my perspective in Cheshire East's services to add some balance.

    The fi rst is that although the borough's website allows constituents to access a wide variety of services and report issues, it is a different matter when you need to speak or meet someone.

  • Article: Jan 3, 2019
    By Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Reading the letter pages of last week's Chronicle made me realise how important transparency is to the workings of the council and elsewhere.

    Often, different political parties cannot really act differently because of the fi nancial, logistical and legal constraints on them.

    What they can do, however is create a process whereby all communications internally and externally that the council conducts are preserved and easily retrieved up to say fi ve years or longer.

  • Article: Dec 20, 2018
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I would like to throw Congleton Liberal Democrats' weight behind the movement to revert to the committee structure at Cheshire East Council.

    Though it is some time since I was a Congleton borough councillor, I remember feeling I had some infl uence on the proceedings through the committee system. Granted, we were then the ruling party on the council and so was involved in the decisions of that group.

  • Article: Dec 13, 2018

    Dear Sir,

    I'm amused that you report a fire at Congleton tip in this week's Chronicle.

    You do not mention the cause, although one readily occurs to me.

    I know it is not used as much as previously, with the onset of household recycling, though it still provides, as do the others in the borough, a valuable location for those unwanted waste and recycling issues that are for some reason not solvable by the above.

  • Article: Dec 13, 2018
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I would like to comment on Michael Owen's letter in last week's Chronicle regarding our relationship with the EU.

    His assessment, as articulated in its penultimate paragraph, seems to be that the EU views us with contempt for wanting to leave.

    I fi nd this hard to swallow, as of the many words used to describe our action from their perspective that one does not come to mind.

  • Article: Dec 6, 2018
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I presume KA Akehurst in last week's Chronicle, when talking about false promises made by politicians, is referring to Nick Clegg's promise not to increase tuition fees during the 2010 general election campaign.

    I would be the last to suggest that the Lib Dems are perfect and do in all honesty slant my letters in favour of the party I support.

  • Article: Nov 30, 2018
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    With reference to your editorial on policing in Congleton, you make the connection between austerity and the rise in anti-social behaviour.

    It is common sense that when people have less money in their pocket, the need for policing rises, not falls.

    Policing, like investment, is one of those costs that becomes more important just when there is not enough money to go around.